Reviews of all Man Booker 2014 nominees!

by Mugdha Wagle on October 7, 2014

Booker fever has started! On October 14, a panel of judges will choose the best of English language fiction.This year marks the first time that American authors have been allowed on the list and also, unlike last year, focuses on novels that are ‘contemporary, not historical’, with two novels flirting with the theme of social media. The competition is tough! Which of these novels are you rooting for? Who will win the Man Booker 2014 prize? Psst… make a lucky guess here, and you might win Amazon gift vouchers!

How to be Both

How to be Both

Author: Ali Smith
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9780241146828
Rating: ★★★★½
Click for latest prices

How to be both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. Read the full review.

J

J by Howard Jacobson

Author: Howard Jacobson
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9780224102056
Rating: ★★★★☆
Click for latest prices

Set in the future – a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited – J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying.Read the full review.

The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

Author: Neel Mukherjee
Publisher: Random House
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9788184003796
Rating: ★★★★☆
Click for latest prices

Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is a note.Read the full review.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Author: Richard Flanagan
Publisher: Chatto and Windus
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9780701189051
Rating: ★★½☆☆
Click for latest prices

In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Read the full review.

To Rise Again At a Decent Hour

To Rise Again At a Decent Hour

Author: Joshua Ferris
Publisher: Penguin Viking
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9780241003831
Rating: ★★★★½
Click for latest prices

Paul O’Rourke – dentist extraordinaire, reluctant New Yorker, avowed atheist, disaffected Red Sox fan, and a connoisseur of the afternoon mochaccino – is a man out of touch with modern life, until someone begins to impersonate Paul online. What began as an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something far more soul-frightening: the possibility that the virtual ‘Paul’ might be a better version of the man in the flesh . Read the full review.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Author: Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: Serpent’s Tail
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781846689666
Rating: ★★★★☆
Click for latest prices

Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary’s trouble.Read the full review.

Written by Mugdha Wagle

Kitabi Keeda of the most obsessive sort. When she’s reading something, interrupt her only if you have life insurance! Discovering a fantastic new author can move her to tears. Loves trekking, adores animals and venerates good food (eating it, not cooking it :))!

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: